Many petroleum reservoirs are not developed and produced properly. This failure can be the result of poor reservoir operations management. An understanding of reservoir management and its elements is needed to effectively exploit petroleum reservoirs. This paper defines reservoir management and proposes a comprehensive, integrated approach to the management of reservoir operations.

The paper does not address the many technical details of reservoir management, nor does it give detailed recommendations for particular operations. It presents a method and approach to making these decisions for any reservoir. Its purpose is to communicate the importance of reservoir management and to present an approach for the development of a reservoir management plan.

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